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Marvel Studios may be absent from next week’s Comic-Con, but the House of Ideas is still bringing plenty of exciting panels to San Diego, and the publisher has just released its full schedule, which you can see below…
Thursday, July 9th
Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms
10:00am – 11:00am
Join the creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel. Discover what makes this collaborative relationship so much fun with a look back at previous titles as well as a glance forward at the future.
Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and host of Marvel talent including Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Men) to find out »
- Gary Collinson
Monday’s “Ant-Man” premiere crawled with Marvel fans, creators and stars who infested Hollywood Boulevard and the red carpet leading into the Dolby Theatre.
Although the film’s journey to the screen hit a snag in May 2014 when would-be director Edgar Wright — who had been attached to the blockbuster since 2006 — suddenly departed, his replacement, Peyton Reed, said he’s ready for round two. “If we’re fortunate enough to do another ‘Ant-Man’ movie, I would love to do it,” he said.
Embracing his larger-than-life star status, Paul Rudd was the final star to file into the Dolby, charging down the carpet like a true Marvel action hero. But preceding Rudd was a littering of Hollywood oddities including two attendees in unicorn masks, a brief appearance from a rogue drone capturing the action from the sky, and a giant ant farm greeting fans at the entrance to the theater.
In typical fashion, »
- Seth Kelley
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, Batman, Green Lantern, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Hellboy III, Heroes Reborn and more…
Well, the speculation is finally over. Marvel and Sony have cast their new Spider-Man! The two studios announced this week that young British actor Tom Holland (The Impossible) has secured the role of Peter Parker for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s incarnation of the wall-crawler, while up-and-coming director Jon Watts (Cop Car) will also helm the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot set for release in July 2017. Sony chairman »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek Hot Toys' hammer-swinging "Thor" 1/6 scale hand-painted action figure, designed to the laser-specific image of actor Chris Hemsworth, complete with a light up 'Mjolnir', as seen in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"...
"...'Thor' is based on the thunder god of Norse mythology, created by editor Stan Lee and penciller Jack Kirby, who co-plotted, and scripter Larry Lieber, debuting in Marvel Comics' 'Journey into Mystery' #83 (Aug. 1962).
"A founding member of the superhero group the 'Avengers', Thor often battles his evil adoptive brother 'Loki', a Marvel character adapted from the Norse god of mischief. He is among Marvel's most powerful superheroes. Many recurring characters in his stories are based on Norse Mythology.
- Michael Stevens
As Marvel relaunches its comic book universe post-Secret Wars, a new team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are set for the forefront as Iron Man leads a new team of Avengers in Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (Jane Foster), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Vision, Nova and Ms. Marvel in All-New All-Different Avengers, from the creative team of Mark Waid (Daredevil), Adam Kubert (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) and Mahmud Asrar (All-New X-Men).
“As faithful Nova readers will recognize, the main villain in our first story – Warbringer – has strong ties to Sam Alexander [a.k.a. Nova], but does Sam dare confess this to the team after the havoc Warbringer wreaks in New York City?” states Waid. “One of the Avengers’ often-undiscussed ‘superpowers’ has always been Tony Stark’s boundless fortune. As readers of Brian Bendis’s upcoming Invincible Iron Man will see, Tony can no longer be the team’s sole financial resource–meaning that »
- Gary Collinson
When news broke of Tom Holland's Spider-Man casting yesterday (June 23), the initial response was a push-back against the Brit actor. "Cbbc does Spidey." / "'Spider-Child' might be a more apt title…" / "He looks about 12!?" were just some of the comments on Holland, who at 19 is the youngest actor to take on the Peter Parker role by some distance.
Resistance is understandable - change is always hard and Andrew Garfield was well-liked in the role (even if his films were spotty) - but the complaints seem at odds with who Peter Parker actually is. Or, more specifically, the divergence between the web-slinging comic hero created by Stan Lee and his subsequent portrayals on the big screen.
First published in a 1962 issue of Marvel's Amazing Fantasy, Peter Parker was a classic audience surrogate, a figure whose high school exploits comic readers could easily identify with. Prior to Spider-Man, younger heroes had traditionally been sidekicks (Robin, »
Actress Evangeline Lilly playing 'Hope Van Dyne' in Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man", provides some updates about her character and superhero parents 'Henry Pym' (Michael Douglas) and his wife 'Janet Van Dyne' aka 'The Wasp', who is confirmed to appear in the new film in a flashback sequence:
Lilly is signed for several 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' films, presumably to take up the mantle of her mother as the 'Wasp'.
"I was raised by two superheroes," said Lilly about her character, "so, I'm a pretty screwed up human being.
"I am also fairly capable, strong, and kick-ass, which is wonderful to play, but the most fun to play was just how messed up she was from being raised by two superheroes.
"And the clear message sent by name is that I'm not a big fan of my father and so I took my mother's name."
- Michael Stevens
During my Ant-Man set visit last year, I learned a lot about the movie, which is surprising because sometimes a studio, especially one as secretive as Marvel, can be very cagey with what they choose to divulge. Perhaps the biggest thing I learned on the set visit is that Hank Pym’s wife, Janet Van Dyne, will make an appearance in the movie. For those who don’t know, Janet Van Dyne, aka “Wasp”, was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in 1963. Like her partner Hank Pym, she has the ability to shrink down, but she also has the ability to fly and [per Wikipedia], “fire bioelectric energy blasts.” Also like Pym, she was a founding member of the Avengers. [caption id="attachment_476069" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Marvel Comics[/caption] In Ant-Man, we see her briefly, although they didn’t cast a name actress for the role because you only get a close-up on her eyes. »
- Matt Goldberg
...debuting in Marvel Comic's "Tales Of Suspense" #57 as a reformed villain who joins the 'Avengers'.
"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.
"Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.
"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.
"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman.
"Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a cut of the stolen »
- Michael Stevens
Even with as much planning as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some scenes end up on the editing room floor…
This film has spoilers for every film in the Marvel cinematic universe.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe… if you’ve just clicked into this article, it’s likely that you need little reminding of how much it changed the landscape of Hollywood. But that won’t stop us recapping for continuity’s sake. Heck, it’s what Kevin Feige would want.
It began in 2008, then, with the landmark casting of Robert Downey Jnr as Tony Stark. It’s sometimes hard to remember how much a risk that was at the time, but heck did it pay off. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, was strong, and a huge hit. And the notion of a post-credits sting was introduced. And it was a big one, too – Samuel L Jackson namedropping the Avengers Initiative. »
For a publisher that inherited a sturdy self-promotion streak from its very earliest days under the stewardship of consummate salesman Stan Lee, Marvel has been surprisingly cagey about its plans for the latter half of 2015. Almost their entire line of titles is currently mired in Secret Wars, after which nobody’s quite sure what’s going to happen. Marvel hasn’t told anybody.
During a panel at the Special Edition: NYC Comic-Con, however, Uncanny X-Men writer Brian Michael Bendis revealed that he would be teaming with his former Ultimate Spider-Man artist David Marquez on a new Invincible Iron Man title. He also confirmed that it would be Tony Stark as the shell head, which has answered some questions and thrown up others.
Prior to Secret Wars, Tony was starring in the Superior Iron Man book, where a switch of morality in the previous Axis crossover saw him acting »
- Tom Baker
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Captain Marvel, The Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade, Daredevil, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Justice League Mortal, The Question, Arrow, Gotham, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!, DC Super Hero Girls, Hit-Girl, Heroes Reborn, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, The Wicked + The Divine and more…
There’s less than six weeks to go until Marvel launches its second superhero movie of 2015, and so the studio has stepped up its promotional efforts for the Paul Rudd-headlined Ant-Man with a batch of new images from the movie, as »
- Gary Collinson
We've been told Secret Wars won't lead to a full reboot, but by the looks of this latest teaser image from Marvel, we're definitely looking at a complete re-branding at the very least. The below teaser aside, they publisher hasn't released any more details but after Secret Wars when continuity jumps ahead "8 Months Later", expect everything to be "All-New, All-Different". Yay? Here's what Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort had to say about the 8 month time-jump in an interview with Marvel earlier in the week. "In the same way that events jumped forward in time eight months in 'Avengers' and 'New Avengers' during the lead-up to 'Secret Wars,' so too when we enter the new Marvel Universe eight months will have passed for all of the characters as well," he explained. "This provides our creators, even apart from Secret Wars, to drop into exciting new »
"...'Natasha' goes head to head with 'Chaos'. But will she be able to bring down the unassailable 'Prophet'...?"
Black Widow has also appeared in many other forms of media, including motion pictures "Iron Man 2", "The Avengers", "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and currently shooting "Captain America: Civil War", portrayed by actress Scarlett Johansson.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Black Widow'. »
- Michael Stevens
At the time of writing, Marvel have not yet confirmed a third standalone Hulk movie, but without giving anything away, the closing events of Avengers: Age of Ultron definitely leave that door wide open. With that in mind, it seems like the perfect time to re-appraise ol' greenskin's first big screen outing, Ang Lee's multi-million dollar psychodrama, Hulk.
Released in 2003, Hulk took a total of $132.2 million at the Us box office, just short of its reputed £137 million budget. Though it eventually took over $245 million worldwide, it was perceived as a flop, significantly under-performing compared to the likes of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man or Bryan Singer's X-Men movies. Hulk not box-office Smash, in other words. Critics weren't overly kind either – it earned 62% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, indicating decidedly mixed reviews albeit with a positive slant.
The Supergirl upfront has garnered strong reactions online, not all of it positive. Here's a response to its critics...
It's fair to say the Supergirl trailer (actually an "upfront" – a précis of the entire pilot designed to sell the show internally and to advertisers) has attracted a lot of praise. It's also attracted a lot of criticism. But how valid are those criticisms? I'll say now that none of us has any idea whether this show will actually be good or not – I think it will, based on what I've seen – but I don't know. What I do know is that some of the things people are saying about it don't seem fair.
Criticism of the trailer's rom-com influences, perceived cheesiness, comparisons to a certain Saturday Night Live sketch, and complaints that its version of Kara Zor-El isn't (we'll come back to this) a "strong female character" are all problematic, »
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”).
The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Michelle McCue
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film's production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (FIi6GHRG5D9jlo||Captain America: The Winter Soldier}). The film returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, »
In typical Marvel fashion, Avengers: Age of Ultron paid tribute to decades’ worth of comic book storylines in the form of Easter eggs peppered throughout the film. While some are easy to spot – like the requisite Stan Lee cameo – others are buried so deep that only the most diehard of fans could catch them.
No matter what camp you’re in, you can now enjoy the cleverness of Joss Whedon and bask in the geekiness of the hidden gems thanks to a new video from Mr. Sunday Movies. Comprehensive and informative, it breaks down all (or at least most) of the easter eggs found in Age of Ultron, while shedding some light on the various seeds Whedon planted inside the blockbuster that will help set up future McU installments, like Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok and, of course, both Avengers: Infinity War installments.
We’ve already detailed »
- James Garcia
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